Criminal Justice

August 10, 2021 by Quenton King
West Virginia’s Prison Mortality Rate Second-Highest in the Country

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminal justice experts and advocates have focused on ensuring the safety of incarcerated people from the virus. But even before the pandemic, jails and prisons were unsafe places for the people incarcerated within them. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) on mortality…

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August 9, 2021 by Quenton King
West Virginia’s Bail Reform Bill: How It Works And Who It Serves

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - In the first episode of this series, the focus was on the story of Lisa Hartline— a legal aid lawyer who found her calling while incarcerated and unable to make bail. Just like Lisa, Deborah Ujevich dated a man who got caught up in drugs. Listen to the full segment.…

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August 3, 2021 by Quenton King
The Human Cost Of Bail

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Lisa Hartline grew up in Parkersburg. Today, she is an attorney at Legal Aid of Pennsylvania representing people who can’t afford a private attorney because she used to be one. Read the full article. “I think I’m more willing to make exceptions when maybe clients aren’t following the plan that…

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June 22, 2021 by Quenton King
Quenton King: Expungement would help WV job market

Charleston Gazette-Mail - This past weekend marked the end of West Virginia’s participation in federally enhanced unemployment programs, enacted to address joblessness in the wake of the pandemic, and, now, thousands of struggling West Virginians are losing crucial supports regardless of whether good-paying jobs are available to them. Read the full article. This short-sighted decision…

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June 1, 2021 by Quenton King
Housing Help And HIV Prevention On This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, people who have been incarcerated, once they get out, often struggle to find a job and a place to live. Those struggles often drive them back to crime, but re-entry councils are helping to address that problem. Also, in this show, Kanawha County has the most…

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May 13, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Reentry, Obstacles to Reintegration, and Community Support for Returning Citizens in West Virginia

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Across the United States, citizens returning from prisons and jails face numerous obstacles as they reintegrate into their communities, including finding steady employment and stable housing, obtaining reliable transportation, and navigating the requirements of community supervision. The challenge in overcoming these obstacles is heightened in West…

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